Dairy free chocolate reindeer

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Christmas, baking | December 22, 2017 | By

Dairy free chocolate reindeer

These Dairy free chocolate reindeer are based on some images of something similar that has been doing the rounds on Facebook..I’ve just tried to switch a few things around to make it work for our family…hopefully it works for yours too 🙂  This version is dairy, egg and nut free…if you used something instead of the pretzels for antlers, it would be gluten free as well.  I’ll be honest and say they are slightly drunk-looking reindeer but my Miss 10 made most of these and it was a bit of a last minute thing…but we had lots of fun doing it and they taste great.

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Dairy Free Chocolate Truffles

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Christmas, baking | December 21, 2017 | By

Dairy Free Chocolate Truffles

We always give baking to friends, family and teachers to say thanks for their support and kindness during the year..and truffles are nearly always a feature.  All our baking is egg, dairy and nut free with some gluten free ones as well; nobody has ever complained about the taste: in fact, I expect most haven’t even noticed!  We also usually make up a big bowl of this truffle mixture then melt a little bit to dip fruit in for a special dessert treat with all the yummy Summer fruit we are enjoying right now.  You can really add whatever you like to this truffle mixture but I’ve just added our suggestions with the recipe.

Dairy Free Chocolate Truffles

 

Dairy Free Chocolate Truffles

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Candy Cane Marshmallow

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Christmas, baking | December 19, 2017 | By

Candy Cane Marshmallow

Every year my daughters and I make plates of Xmas cookies to give out to teachers, family and friends. This candy cane marshmallow is one of those spur-of-the-moment concoctions we dreamed up together one night and came about as my daughter just loves anything peppermint, candy canes and marshmallow. So we tried to put all three together!

This Candy Cane Marshmallow recipe is dairy free, egg free, nut free and gluten free if you use gluten free icing sugar.  

*Thanks to Edmonds for allowing me to publish their base marshmallow recipe which this concoction is adapted from.

Candy Cane Marshmallow

Candy Cane Marshmallow

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Cinnamon Christmas Cookies

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Christmas, baking | December 18, 2017 | By

Cinnamon Christmas Cookies

These Cinnamon Christmas Cookies are my eldest daughter’s favourite cookie.  In NZ it is great as Xmas baking season coincides with all the raspberries ripening and fresh raspberry jam!  These really are so much better with fresh jam, but don’t worry if you don’t have it..they still taste amazing and make the house smell sensational. These are a feature on our plates of xmas baking for gifts every single year 🙂

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White Christmas Slice

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Christmas, baking | December 16, 2017 | By

White Christmas Slice

This White Christmas Slice is not my original recipe (there are many versions floating around the internet such as this one), but one I have adapted slightly to work for our allergy household.  It is part of the Christmas cookie/baking selection we make every year to gift to family, friends and teachers.  It is dairy, egg, nut, and gluten free so okay for all of my kids and they love it!  Truthfully Miss 5 painstakingly picks out all the currants but other than that it’s a huge success.  It also keeps for a couple of weeks in sealed containers in the fridge 🙂

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Decoupage Christmas balls

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activities | November 25, 2017 | By

We were really lucky recently to receive a box full of cute collage items for making Xmas decorations from a dear friend.  In it were a few boxes of plain Xmas balls, lots of glue and glitter and a pile of brightly coloured napkins.  A couple of years ago we had decoupaged plain coasters with Xmas serviettes and they were pretty cute, plus have lasted really well, so we thought we would have a go doing it with these balls.  The kids had a fab time in the process!

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